We briefly caught up with Luke Griffiths of False Heads, a band who seems intent on bringing post-millennial grunge kicking and screaming into the modern day. Letting their accents shine through in their vivid shows, the London-based trio are establishing themselves as one of the country’s premier live acts.
With musical acquaintances ranging from The Libertines to Iggy Pop, to say that the band are destined for big things would be an understatement. Amidst the debauchery and decadence, (actually disguised as drinking cans which have been hidden in sandwiches), we managed to wrangle a quick chat with front-man Luke. Bassist Jake Elliot and drummer Barney Nash are presumably missing, kicking and screaming somewhere in Reading Festival grounds.
Tell us about yourself…
Short, long hair, blue eyes, acne, seven legs.
Who are your major influences and inspirations, and why?
Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Pixies, The Beatles, Bowie etc… and because they all pack a massive emotional punch- you don’t know whether you wanna cry, smash something, laugh or smile when you listen to artists like that. And people like Christopher Hitchens had a pretty big impact on my life. Although, didn’t agree with him on the Iraq War.
Sum up the band in five words…
Loud, catchy, snotty (literally), riffy, sarcastic.
Who writes your songs?
I write the bulk of it but we all contribute heavily.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Religion, love, hate, self-depreciation, self-belief, shitcunts, nice people, depression, happiness, social media politics, self-righteousness, the right wing, the left wing.
Who is your favourite unsigned/underground band at the moment and why?
Calva Louise. Listen to ‘I’m Gunna Do Well’ and that’s all that’s needed. Also The Blinders, Strange Bones and Breed.
What’s in your CD player right now, or last song you streamed?
Kid A by Radiohead was the last album I listened to the whole way through.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
We’re announcing a tour for October and November. And there’s a lot of other big shows including September 21st with Trampolene at 229. We’re supporting The Libertines on the 19th September in Scotland as well.
You’re stranded on a desert island and have one album with you, what is it?
Nevermind by Nirvana, OK Computer by Radiohead or Either/Or by Elliott Smith
What’s on the horizon, and what can we look forward to from you?
New releases, tours, and some big stuff we cannot announce yet.
WEAPON OF CHOICE – Guitar/Vocals/Molotov Cocktail
BASE – Middle Earth
FOOTBALL – West Ham (don’t really give a fuck about football anymore though)
GUILTY PLEASURE – Save Tonight by Eagle Eyed Cherry
HERO – Bob Dylan, Thom Yorke, Kurt Cobain, Christopher Hitchens, Maajid Nawaz, Spider-Man
VILLAIN – The Sherlocks
BEST COMEDY SHOW – The Office/Extras
THREADS – Fred Perry, Adidas.
TROTTERS – Vans
AT THE BAR – John Smiths
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – Sex Pistols – Lesser Free Trade Hall
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – Hunter S Thompson
FILM – Fight Club
SOUNDTRACK – Almost anything Hans Zimmer scores. The Dark Knight in particular is fucking epic.
TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME – Honestly couldn’t pick but currently Across the Universe – The Beatles, Where is My Mind by the Pixies, Oh Well, Okay by Elliott Smith
TOP OF THE POPS – Vapid, benign music of no consequence sung by useless cunts.
THREE WORDS – Meth Pop Rock.